Mac and cheese has been an all-time favorite and preferred comfort food for many, but it can be a highly unwise choice for your diet. The information shared below goes over what aspects of this classic fast food can be harmful to your health and why you need to make sure you make healthy choices going forward and shop with caution.
Fatty, salty, greasy and loaded with carbs
Stouffer’s mac and cheese would typically have 10.5 grams of saturated fat, 25.7 grams fat, and 529 calories in a 12-ounce regular serving. In addition to that, fat and calories can go higher if ingredients like sausages or high-fat meats are also tossed into it. Not to mention, some restaurants also list deep-fried macaroni and cheese not just as a side dish but as an appetizer. Think again if it’s wise to add to so much of fat and unnecessary calories to your meal.
Extremely high sodium content
Mac and cheese has sodium in abundance, which should be a major concern for everyone who eats it on a regular basis. In just one serving of mac and cheese, you could be feeding yourself with about 1760 mg of sodium which is a very high amount. If sodium is consumed in excess, it could lead to many severe health conditions, such as stroke, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, heartburn, cardiac enlargement, osteoporosis, and gastric or duodenal ulcers.
Cheese dust can’t be considered as a “food”
Those boxes of mac and cheese that you get from the market don’t have real, high-quality cheese. Rather it’s cheese dust, which has a low quantity of dehydrated cheese and more of vegetable oils, whey, sodium and even wood pulp in it. It’s in no sense a food for your body but a mix of things that definitely should not be present in your diet – but still many of us consider mac and cheese by Krafty’s and other brands as a treat, if not a regular snack that can be quickly prepared any time.
Food processing and added ingredients
Processing depletes our food of vital nutrients and many of the artificial ingredients added to it (such as food dyes and emulsifiers) make it even more unhealthy. Did you know boxed mac and cheese gets its color from the chemical dyes similar to the one